A search of the internet will show other examples of the word, and
some variations. For example a 'Gossop' could be a god-father, but as
John was about 65 at the time of his will, I think 'his'
gossope would be in a reciprocal sense, i.e. referring to
a god-son. We can be sure that there was
between our John, and William his 'gossope'.
This image shows the remains of an old corn-mill
near the course of Woodkirk Beck on Hey Beck Lane. Could this
the mill in the Will ? The masonry certainly seems old enough.
Photographed in August 1966.
Since demolished, we should be glad
of Mr Atkinson's attention to this
I believe that the mill pre-dated
the Tudor era,
and that it was about
age as the Nether Alderley Mill in Cheshire.
One of the supervisors of the will, Robert
a gentleman, is believed to have been the same person
to this link Visitation
of Yorkshire 1665 - 1666 p.246
. The family tree therein
declares that Greenwood's son, Lieutenant of Horse in the
of King Charles I, i.e. Ferdinando
was 'slayne' in
the English Civil War at the Battle of Newark.
[4a] Ferdinando's brother Charles is also in
and described as Cornet (standard bearer) to Captaine Gascoigne.
The webmaster knows that a senior Royalist officer, William
Gascoigne of Thorpe-on the-Hill, Leeds died at the Battle of Marston
Moor, nr York.
I think that this Gascoigne was, in happier times, an astronomer
and instrument maker, and an associate of Crabtree (Manchester)
Horrocks (Southport) who in 1639 predicted and observed for the
a transit of the planet Venus
across the Sun. [My source, a booklet, 'Three North Country
Astronomers' by (Professor) Allan Chapman.]